• 21 Sep 2016 10:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    AJBCC Melbourne Conference: Online Registration to Close

    Online registration for the AJBCC's upcoming 54th annual Joint Business Conference on the 9-11 October, 2016 in Melbourne will close at COB on Monday 26 September, 2016. The latest conference program is obtainable here. If you are a member of the AJBCC and have not registered to attend the conference, please register.

    Registered delegates have already been sent the current list of participants. With almost 400 attendees this will be one of the largest Joint Business Conferences held.

    Currently with no direct air service between Tokyo and Melbourne, the number of JABCC members companies who will be attending the AJBCC's Joint Business Conference to be held in Melbourne 9-11 October, 2016 has meant that JABCC members will use a direct charter flight. Already there are over 150 Japanese delegates registered which, together with Australian participants, should see the total number reach 400.

    Have you registered?

    Registration is required. To ensure your place, you need to register as soon as possible. Register here.

    Conference Cost:

    There are 3 types of annual AJBCC membership subscription. Each of these subscriptions provides for complimentary participation at the AJBCC conference:

    • nominated [primary] representative
    • additional representative
    • future leaders nominated representatives
    Hotel Accommodation: Hurry!

    One of the nominated hotels, the Hilton, is almost fully booked. Please ensure that you have confirmed accommodation by booking now.

    Also please be aware that it has just been announced that the Socceroos will play Japan on Tuesday 11 October evening in Melbourne. This will place added pressure on available accommodation.

    Accommodation: Members are responsible for arranging and paying for their booking on their own account. However, the AJBCC has organised a block allocation and special conference rate for members at 3 hotels in close proximity to MCEC. These are Crown Towers, Crown Metropol and the Hilton South Wharf. The AJBCC conference pages give details of the room types available as well as a direct link to each hotel's online AJBCC conference booking page.

    Please be aware that at the time of the AJBCC meeting, in addition to the Socceroos game, Melbourne will be host to a major World Congress and accommodation will be at a premium. This means that members should reserve their accommodation as soon as possible to ensure they receive the special conference rate. (The hotels will progressively release unbooked rooms from the AJBCC's block allocation as the weeks go by.) Members can book now and cancellation charges only apply closer to the check-in date. Please see the individual hotel's terms and conditions for details.

    If you have any more questions, do not hesitate to contact the AJBCC.

  • 08 Sep 2016 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    Event summary by Sam Brustad, ANZCCJ Secretariat


    • The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) and The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) hosted a Gourmet Food and Wine Party at the Australian Embassy on the evening of 7 September 2016.
    • Six different Tokyo-based restaurants served a range of Australian & New Zealand tasting plates with other local importers, stores and bars providing a range of fine wines, coffee, drinks and dessert.
    • Distinguished guests included Australian Ambassador to Japan HE Bruce Miller, New Zealand Ambassador to Japan HE Stephen Payton, and Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Akio Mimura.

    One particularly promising sector for growth in Japan for Australia and New Zealand is the gourmet food and wine industry.  According to NZTE, Japan is the world's largest net food importer, with 61 per cent of its food consumption coming from food and beverage imports. In meeting the high expectations of this discerning, multi-billion dollar market there is huge potential for Australian and New Zealand businesses. For New Zealand, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) will see all tariffs on wine imports into Japan dropped and the tariff on imported beef will be reduced from 38.5% to 9% over 16 years. For Australia, the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) provides valuable preferential access for Australia's exports and will support further growth in two-way investment. This will help continue the strong trajectory of growth for the two markets - particularly in the area of high quality meat, dairy, fruit and wine.

    To help promote this trend, the ANZCCJ hosted its annual 'Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party' to showcase the very best of what our region has to offer. Despite tropical storm "Malou” bearing down on Tokyo and the fear of rain disrupting the event, it proved to be a huge success. Some vendors were moved indoors but the event was still able to make use of the Embassy’s outdoor patio area for those vendors manning the BBQs.  

    ANZCCJ Chair Melanie Brock welcome guests and several distinguished speakers, including the Australian and New Zealand Ambassadors to Japan.  Melanie referred to the strong economic bond shared between Japan and Oceania through food and wine. Dr Akio Mimura, Chairman of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, echoed this sentiment as he offered a toast for the evening.  The closing remarks were made by ANZCCJ’s Chair-elect, Andrew Gauci. One very lucky guest, Mr Masaki Gunnarsson from Edelman Japan, walked away with a premium economy return ticket from Haneda to Sydney courtesy of Qantas Airways as part of the lucky prize draw.


    The restaurants that participated in our first ‘pop up’ dining event were:
    • Two Rooms |Ruby Jack's Steakhouse & Bar | R2 Supperclub (Chef Matthew Crabbe)
    • Salt by Luke Mangan (Chef Takuya Saito)
    • Covet (Chef Takaaki Okano)
    • Terra Australis (Chef Koji Fukuda)
    • Wakanui Grill Dining & Bar
    • Me's Cafe & Kitchen (Chef Naoya Numata)

     With cheese, oysters, desserts and drinks being provided by:


    • Jeroboam Fine Wine Club (wine)
    • Allpress (coffee)
    • Australian Brewery (beer)
    • Capi (mixers)
    • Temple Brewery (beer)
    • Fonterra (cheese)
    • Village Cellars (wine)
    • Harnet (oysters)
    • Winetree (wine)
    • Harry’s Catering (desserts)
    • Meredith Dairy (cheese)

    A special thanks goes out to our event partners: the Australian Embassy Tokyo, Australian Trade Commission, New Zealand Trade & Enterprise, Qantas Airways and Meat & Livestock Australia.


    See you all again next year!


  • 26 Aug 2016 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Whilst the enactment of the Japan Australia economic partnership agreement (JAEPA) in 2015 has signalled new business opportunities in the Australia-Japan relationship, there is widespread business understanding that the overall global economic environment and technology advances are subjecting core sectors to challenges which have not been witnessed before.

    Plunging resources and energy prices, concerns about China’s economic transition, the impact of disruptive technologies on mature products and business process services, environmental issues and continuing excessive global liquidity make for a difficult path to be navigated. How are these challenges being met in the Australia-Japan context and what new ideas can we see emerging to mitigate such issues? New Challenges – New Ideas provides a forum for discussion by senior Australian and Japanese executives.

    Learn more

  • 18 Aug 2016 1:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Launch of ANZCCJ’s food and beverage promotion: ‘Australia & New Zealand Gourmet Master’ game


    18 August 2016

    • ANZCCJ launches its first Australian and New Zealand food and beverage educational tool targeting Japanese consumers
    • ANZCCJ and Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) will co-host their annual Gourmet Food & Wine Party on 7 September 2016
    • The event will be the Chamber's first 'pop up restaurant' event held at the Australian Embassy Tokyo
    ANZCCJ announces the launch of ‘Australia & New  Zealand Gourmet Master’, an educational tool to raise awareness and knowledge of Australia and New Zealand’s gourmet product offering among Japanese consumers. The tool, produced by Ikemu Japan, is in a fun, educational format that appeals to the curious Japanese consumer – a quiz game. 


    The aim of the game is simple: To answer as many multiple choice questions correctly as possible in 60 seconds.  The questions become increasingly difficult as the player moves up four levels.


    The launch of the game coincides with the ANZCCJ’s preparations for its sixth annual Gourmet Food & Wine Garden Party.  “The event is a celebration of Australia and New Zealand's food and wine culture and we hope that by playing the game more Japanese consumers will learn about our world-class food and beverages and be encouraged to attend the event” said Tim Barnstable, Chair of the ANZCCJ Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee.

    The game uses mechanics that are simple and rewarding. More importantly, it is packed with trivia information about Australian and New Zealand food and wine. Gamers who reach a score of 40 and above will enter the draw for a chance to win two tickets to the ANZCCJ Gourmet Food and Wine Garden Party on 7 September 2016.  The winner will be announced in the ANZCCJ’s website and social media channels on 2 September 2016.


    With more and more Australian and New Zealand-themed restaurants popping up around Tokyo, and with more of our products being found in menus of five-star restaurants and on the shelves of high-end retail stores, now is a good time to aid consumers in learning why they should choose Aussie and Kiwi”, added Melanie Brock, Chair of the ANZCCJ.


    Play the game      Attend the Garden Party



    Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director

    T 03 6234 9350 | E


    About ANZCCJ

    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is a non-profit organisation with over 600 members. ANZCCJ’s mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections.

    The ANZCCJ Food, Agriculture and Hospitality Committee (FAHC) comprises a dynamic and diverse group of Australian, New Zealand and Japanese business representatives from the food, agriculture and hospitality sectors in Japan. The Committee is led by Tim Barnstable from Murray Goulburn, and Sally Townsend from Jeroboam.

    To learn more visit or call us at 03 6234 9350

  • 18 Aug 2016 1:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    オーストラリア・ニュージーランド食・飲み物 プロモーションキャンペーン

    ゲーム「Australia & New Zealand グルメマスター」の配信開始



    • ANZCCJは日本の消費者向けに作られたオンラインゲームの配信を開始。オーストラリアとニュージーランドの食文化や飲み物に関して学べて遊べるゲーム内容となっている。
    • 2016年9月7日に、ANZCCJは東京商工会議所と共催で「グルメ食材&ワインガーデンパーティー」を開催する運びとなった。
    • この催しはオーストラリア大使館にて行われる初めての「ポップアップレストラン」(期間限定特別店舗)が集結するイベントとなる。

     ANZCCJはオーストラリアとニュージーランドのグル メ商品を日本の消費者に知ってもらい、知識を深め てもらうことを目的とした教育ツールの配信を開始し た。この教育ツールは株式会社 ikemu japan と  ANZCCJのコラボにより企画・制作された。このクイ ズゲームはオーストラリアとニュージーランドの食文 化や飲み物に関して、遊べて学べる内容となってい る。遊び方は簡単で制限時間60秒の間に出来るだ け多くの選択式設問を解き、プレイヤーのレベルが 上がるにつれ問題も難しくなるという仕組となってい る。


     このゲームは今年で6回目となる「グルメ食材&ワ  インガーデンパーティー」の開催時期とかさなり、   ANZCCJ食・農業・ホスピタリティー委員長のティ   ム・バーンステーブル氏は「この記念すべき行事を  通じて、日本のお客様にオーストラリアとニュージーランド産の食文化をより良く知っていただきたい。また、このゲームを通じて、皆様にワールドクラスのオーストラリアとニュージーランド産食材やワインについて学んでいただき、皆様がパーティーに参加するきっかけとなってほしい」と語った。





    ゲームをする    ガーデンパーティー」に参加する



    クリスティーナ・メリノ|ANZCCJ事務局長|T 03 6234 9350 |





    食・農業・ホスピタリティー委員会 (FAHC) は、食品・農業・ホスピタリティー産業に所属するオーストラリア、ニュージーランド、日本国籍の代表者達が所属しているANZCCJの委員会の一つであり、現在、マレー・ゴールバン酪農協同株式会社駐日代表のティム・バーンステーブル氏が委員長を務め、ジェロボーム株式会社のサリー・タウンゼンド氏が副委員長を務めています。

    詳細につきましてはお手数ですが、弊所ウェブサイト(をご覧になるか、もしくは 03 6234 9350までお問い合わせください。


  • 16 Aug 2016 3:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    43rd Annual Joint Conference in Wellington – 23/25 November
    Preparations are well advanced for the flagship event on our calendar year - the Annual Joint Conference – to be held in Wellington at Te Papa on 23-25 November. Under the theme of "Partnership and Connectivity" we have shaped the agenda to focus on major economic and trade issues confronting both economies, especially TPP; and energy and climate change, recognising the challenges and opportunities that New Zealand and Japan both face to reduce their carbon footprint and the cross over to the transport sector. We are keen to focus also developments in the area of new technology, innovation and creative industries, and have arranged an Industry Tour programme to match.

    Please click on the draft programme.

    We have an exceptional line-up of business speakers, and we hope to have some further big names to add.
    The Industry Tours take in WETA Workshop, NEC and the training facilities for the Hurricanes - this year's champion Super Rugby team - as an opportunity to see something of the regional economy at first hand. There will be good opportunities also for interaction in the corridors where participants can renew friendships, make new contacts and share information to position themselves better to expand commercial linkages.
    Keep an eye on our website for further updates!  I am looking forward to seeing you there as a chance to catch-up and to help welcome our Japanese guests

    To Register for the Conference
    Log onto the Council website.

    To Make Accommodation Bookings
    We have made a block reservation at Rydges for delegate accommodation.
    Please note you will need to book by 24 October to secure accommodation.


    Japan New Zealand Business Council

    P.O. Box 911020, Victoria Street West, Auckland 1042
    Ph: 027 317 3125     Email:    Website:



  • 10 Aug 2016 9:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Need a Business Plan?


    Are you a business owner looking for a business plan tailored to the Japanese market? If so, take part in the Japan Market Expansion Competition (JMEC)!


    As a JMEC Project Client, you can receive a professional business plan developed by some of Japan's brightest up-and-coming business leaders for a fraction of the cost of hiring outside consultants. To learn more about this opportunity, visit the JMEC homepage where you also find the application form.


    JMEC is also calling for individuals to join the program as JMEC Participants and be part of the business plan creation process. This MBA-style program includes classroom training as well as hands-on business plan writing experience. Go to to learn more and apply.


    Established in 1993 and supported by 18 foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, JMEC is a non-profit business training program for mid career business professionals, who research and write professional business plans in teams to help companies enter or expand their business in Japan.


    The ANZCCJ is a proud sponsor of JMEC and encourages our members and the greater business community to get involved.

    Learn more about the program here.

  • 09 Aug 2016 4:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Event wrap up: SME Support Program IV


    9 August 2016 | By Grace Yeung


    Over 70 Japanese business representatives and entrepreneurs gathered on 9th August at the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) headquarters in Tokyo, to attend the fourth event of the highly acclaimed SME Support Program event series.


    The SME Support Program is presented on a quarterly basis by the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), and hosted in partnership with the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and JETRO. The program provides small and medium-sized businesses in Japan with advice, training and networking opportunities for effective business expansion and promotion in Australia and New Zealand.


    Speakers who presented their success stories at the event were:

    • Mr Hideto Horiguchi, Triad Geomodels & Design Pty Ltd
    • Mr Yuta Iguchi, Ikemu Japan
    • Mr Ryosuke Morioka, AIU Insurance Company, Ltd.


    “The speakers provided useful information for business success and development. This is also an excellent opportunity to network,” said one attendee who heads a Tokyo-based international real estate agency, for whom today was her first SME event.


    Thank you to our guest speakers, business owners and entrepreneurs who attended this event and to our ANZCCJ Advisors who donated their time to this event.

    ANZCCJ is committed to providing useful advice, information and networking opportunities to SMEs in Japan who are interested in trade with Australia and New Zealand. For more information on how your business can take part at our next SME Support Program Event as a presenter, advisor or participant, please contact Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director at

  • 09 Aug 2016 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)





    9 August 2016


    The Executive Council of the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ), which was elected at the Annual General Meeting on July 21 2016, today announced that Andrew Gauci, Managing Director & CEO of Lendlease Japan, will succeed Melanie Brock, Managing Director of Melanie Brock Advisory, as Chair of the ANZCCJ.


    Melanie expressed her intention to step down after six years leading the ANZCCJ.   The Executive Council noted that under Melanie’s leadership, numerous important milestones had been met and that Melanie would be leaving the role of Chair with the ANZCCJ in an exceptionally strong position to deliver ever increasing value to its members going forward. 


    Andrew will take over as Chair from 1 November 2016, with Melanie’s term of office ending on 31 October 2016. The Executive Council unanimously voted to bestow the title of Chair Emeritus in recognition for her achievements over the past six years.


    The Executive Council re-elected Edward Cole, Managing Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, as Vice Chair, and appointed Catherine O’Connell, Head of Legal at Molex Japan, as the other Vice-Chair. Martin Spann, Branch Head and Head of Markets Tokyo at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, was elected Treasurer.


    Andrew Gauci has been in his present position as CEO of the Lendlease business in Japan since 2007 and has extensive experience as a member of the Executive Council, having served for the past six years. “On behalf of the Executive Council and the membership, I would like to thank Melanie for six years of service and dedication to the Chamber and for extending her term of office as Chair to the end of October 2016. This will ensure a smooth transition,” said Mr Gauci.

    Melanie added, “With Andrew Gauci we have an excellent successor for the position of Chair. He represents the continuation of our Executive Council agenda to ensure the ANZCCJ’s growth as the source of information, representation and business connections for the Australian and New Zealand  business community in Japan. I look forward to working with Andrew on his transition into the role.”


    When first elected, Melanie was the ANZCCJ’s 16th Chair, and the first woman in the position. She took office in the year Japan hosted APEC and oversaw the ANZCCJ’s strong advocacy during the JAEPA negotiations. The ANZCCJ has launched many important initiatives under Melanie’s leadership, including the Japanese SME Support Program and the Tohoku Reconstruction Program which continues to play a vital role in raising awareness of the region’s recovery efforts among members of the foreign community in Japan.


    The Chamber experienced a marked increase in engagement by the Japanese business community and Japanese membership through Melanie’s relationship and strong links with the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Japan-Australia Business Co-operation Committee.  


    Melanie continued, “It has been an honour to serve as Chair of the ANZCCJ over the past six years. I want to thank our past and present Executive Council members, our Japanese partners, and especially our members and sponsors – who are the foundation of our Chamber – for their continued support, and ask that they extend this to Andrew and his new leadership team.”


    Media contact: Cristina Merino, ANZCCJ Executive Director                     

    T 03 6234 9350 | E


    About the ANZCCJ


    The Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ANZCCJ) is a non-profit organisation with over 600 members. ANZCCJ’s mission is to play a constructive and meaningful role in developing Australia/New Zealand-Japan business by providing members with an effective source of information, representation and commercial connections.


    To learn more visit




  • 09 Aug 2016 11:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)




    2016721日に在日オーストラリア・ニュージーランド商工会議所の年次総会により選出された新しい役員会において、今般、アンドリュー・ガウチ氏 (レンドリース・ジャパン 代表取締役兼CEO)が、メラニー・ブロック会頭の後任として選ばれました。


    ブロック氏(株式会社Melanie Brock Advisory代表取締役兼CEO)は6年間に渡りANZCCJを先導してきましたが、今年をもって引退する意思を固めました。役員会は「メラニーのリーダーシップのお陰で商工会議所は多くの偉業を成し遂げることができました。そして現在の商工会議所は、いまだかつてない程大きな価値を会員の皆様に提供できる組織に成長しました」とブロック氏の貢献を称えました。


    ブロック氏は20161031日に会頭の任期を終え、ガウチ氏が111日より会頭を務めることになります。また、役員会はブロック氏の6年間の功績を称え、全員一致の投票でブロック氏に 名誉会頭 のタイトルを贈りました。


    副会頭には、再選されたエドワード・コール氏(フレッシュフィールズ東京オフィス マネージング・パートナー)とキャサリン・オコーネル氏(日本モレックス合同会社 法務部長)が就任し、財務責任者にはマーティン・スパン氏(オーストラリア・コモンウェルス銀行支社長兼日本市場部長 )が選ばれました。








    ブロック氏の日本商工会議所と日豪経済委員会との強固な結びつきによって、当商工会議所は日本のビジネスコミュニティー や日本人会員との活動を深めることができました。 ブロック氏は「過去6年間、会頭を務められたことをとても光栄に思います。かつて活躍してくださった役員、そして現役員の皆様、日本の関係者、特に当商工会議所の基盤となっている会員とスポンサーの皆様にお礼を申し上げると同時に、後任のアンドリューと新しいチームへ何卒私同様のご支援を賜りますようお願い申し上げます」と述べました。


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